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Charlton Athletic 1 - Wednesday 1

The Valley, London

05/09/11 - 7.45pm

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Charlton Athletic 1-1 Wednesday

CLINTON Morrison came off the bench to bag Wednesday their first away point in npower League One at unbeaten Charlton Athletic on Monday night.

Morrison replaced Ryan Lowe, who suffered what looked like an ankle injury in his debut for the club, and levelled a Bradley Wright-Phillips opener.

The match was a far from an entertaining spectacle in front of the Sky TV cameras, but the draw will give the Owls a much-needed confidence boost on their travels this season.

Owls boss Gary Megson made a number of changes to the side that bowed out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Bradford last week, some forced and some not.

Nicky Weaver, a former Charlton stopper, was out through injury and Richard O'Donnell took his place in goal. There was no debut for new addition Ryan Lowe, with Gary Madine leading the line. Liam Palmer and Reda Johnson were away on international duty, while Mark Reynolds replaced the injured Julian Bennett at left-back.

Jose Semedo featured in the Owls holding midfielder role against his former club, while former Wednesday defender Michael Morrison lined-up for the Addicks.

The hosts, who'd won 13 of a possible 15 points so far this season going into the game, started like a house on fire and it took them just two minutes and 28 seconds to break the deadlock through that man Wright-Phillips.

The former Plymouth Argyle hitman, returning to the team following a knee injury, was given too much space at the edge of the box and he unleashed a powerful shot which beat Owls stopper O'Donnell and sneaked inside the post to give Powell's men the lead.

If Wednesday already had a tough task of getting off the mark away from home this season, the goal made things even tougher.

It lifted the Addicks, who enjoyed most of the ball in the Wednesday half, although O'Donnell didn't really have that much to do. Charlton looked sharper when in possession and the Owls defence looked ragged in the early stages of the contest.

It could, and perhaps should, have been 2-0 when Dale Stephens blazed over the bar from point-blank range. Wright-Phillips was again at the thick of the action when he produced a low cross which the Owls defence failed to deal with, but Stephens whipped his effort harmlessly over the bar.

It prompted Gary Megson, the Owls manager, to make a change to his team, and to his formation. Ryan Lowe was given an early introduction, making his debut up to alongside Gary Madine with Chris Sedgwick making way.

And the change marked a slight shift in the game, with Wednesday enjoying more of the ball and looking slightly more dangerous in attack, although they still struggled to create chances.

Gary Madine did get close to a dangerous cross after Ben Hamer, the Charlton goalkeeper, spilled the ball, but he acted quickly to scoop it up at the second attempt and avert the danger.

Hamer had been a relative spectator for much of the match, but at least now he was being kept on his toes as Wednesday went more attacking in the latter stages of the second half.

The visitors managed to win a couple of corners and free-kicks in dangerous positions, and you sensed that a set piece was going to be the way Wednesday would find their way back into the contest.

Half-Time: Charlton 1-0 Wednesday

The second half started with a worrying blow to the head for Lowe following a clash with Matthew Taylor. The new signing tried to shake off the injury, which appeared to be to his ankle, but he was eventually replaced by Clinton Morrison.

The Addicks continued to look the more menacing in attack but Madine did fashion a chance for the Owls when he beat off his marker before firing an effort straight at Hamer.

It was a warning shot as far as Wednesday were concerned, because with their next attack they got on level terms though the substitute Morrison.

It came from a corner kick and Morrison took his typical poacher position right in the six yard box to head the ball into the back of the net via the underside of the bar, before promptly running the length of the field to celebrate in front of the travelling Wednesdayites.

The goal gave the Owls a much-needed shot in the arm but Athletic could have regained their lead just after the hour mark when Matt Taylor sent a shot just wide of goal following a scramble inside the Owls box from a corner kick.

The chances dried up midway through the second half and Wednesday introduced James O'Connor in place of Semedo, who was walking a tight rope with a yellow card to his name and the game very much turning into a midfield battle.

With ten minutes to go you sensed that the next goal would be the winner and the hosts almost got that goal in the 82nd minute when a deep cross found the head of Taylor at the far post but the post denied him and O'Donnell picked up the loose ball.

Wednesday had carved out just two attempts on goal in the whole match. David Prutton made it three with two minutes to go when he tried an ambitious long-range lob over Hamer.

Full-Time: Charlton 1-1 Wednesday




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Date:Monday September 5 2011

Time: 9:44PM

Your Comments

take the point but we were shocking the defence is causing me some concern at the minute need to sort it and quick
retfordowl1867
We are ****.poor performance.god help us on saturday.Reynolds has got no idea. Bit like Megson.Over and out.
Kettering OWL 1963
I'd have taken that before the match!
s5owl
Megson starting sedgewick then replacing him after 20 says it all Megson you have no idea what your doing. 4-5-1 don't work with us. Jones at the back looked solid as did Buxton thought Reynolds was ok to be fair. First time been this year, I won't hurry back. I think wrong man in charge of that team. Sorry.
jamesc1905
Seriously, how is it possible that every new striker we sign gets injured in his first appearance for the club. It's getting ridiculous. Every time.
RatherRandomOwl
May not be the performance but I bet it's the result they wanted, happy with a point but a little disheartened with performance.
OWL25
Before the game I would have being delighted with a point, however watching the game I still wasn't happy with the performance. In the 2nd half we looked good on a few occasions going forward keeping the ball on the ground but we'd get the ball to there box then pass it all the way back to buxton or the keeps and they'd smash it forward and we'd lose possession, we have an excellent L1 team on paper but think are tatics aren't suited for the players we have. Marshall looked good at times I can't remember the last time I saw a Wednesday player actually take on players instead of booting it forward
Siswfc8101
Great point if not great performance, Semedo was at fault for their goal letting the midfielder run off him even though he was facing him, he's supposed to protect the back four not leave a big gap for runners to go in to expecially inside 3 mins. We only seem a threat from corners or free-kicks, keep possession well at times but do very little with it Gutted for Lowe, soon as he landed and his leg buckled under him I knew he was done for, hopefully it's not too serious as he looked keen to make an impression. It's all very well for Morrison to say he should be starting and if he starts he scores but that is not my impression when I've watched him and I doubt very much the stats would say any different. That said, being a striker at wednesday is hard given the lack of creativity and chances created expecially when up front on your own.
sussexowl
It definitely looks better in the paper this morning 1-1 absolutely terible but is that this division? Charlton 1 shot on target - Owls 2 eforts ob target!!! Agree with Retfordowl - defence is worryingly poor Jones capt! - had nightmare looked more like bambi on Ice than owt. I think they're trying too hard and scared stiff of making mistakes, there's no fluency - they look petrified at times especially Jones and only one man to blame ................
Prendergast
GM in "I'd be talking rubbish shocker!! I cant really say we deserved a win, said Megson. Id be coming out with rubbish if I said that. I think a draw is fair. I cant remember us having another chance. Never stopped him before lol
Prendergast
I think you got to give Megson some praise here. He could see it wasn't working and changed it early. It was suppose to be 3 upfront/attacking looked more like 4-5-1 from the start. I don't think you can blame the manager for players being unable to do the simplest of things. Madine looked poor last night, I dont think I saw him once bring the ball down and pass it. And I can't understand why Sedgwick is still at our club. Love or hate Morrison his goal has kept us in with a shout and that could of earned us a valuable point come the end of the season. ALF now looks a mere snip at 500k!!! Anyway 1 point away from home, on sky tv and played poorley against a good team is ok for me, roll on MK Don's. If were serious about getting automatic promotion (which im not, after last night) we need to win on Saturday if not, playoffs is our best option, if were lucky. I cant believe im saying this only 6 games into the season!! UTO!!!
joseph10
I reckon people should lay of playing Championship Football Manager and those other similar types of games.
Skeggy Owl
Alright we got a point, but with a little more self believe we could have had 3, we got down the line on several occasions only to finish up back in our own half, our passing was atrocious, marking was poor, we never pick up players from opponents throw-ins, and don't get the ball into box often enough to cause other teams problems, these things have to change if we stand any chance of getting promotion out of this division.
ecco owl
Ok megson got his tactics wrong but he knew that and changed it up, I doubt our previous managers of late would of done the same. As for strikers I can't remember the last good one we had, we just seem to take on cripples and are happy to let quality like alf slip by. I think we may struggle this season just because of our lack of goal scoring ability, got to delve into the loan Market now, will be interesting to see which geriatric cripple we take.
OWL25
Mk dons manager must av been *****ing himself in studio watching that last night
Wedtillidie
megson deserves some credit for changing it. however his tactics and team selection were wrong in the first place. hopefully he won't send a team out like that again because regardless of sky showing a 4-3-3 formation that was a team designed to keep it tight and safe. we have players good enough to take the game to the other team and that is what i would like to see us doing. agree with ecco the passing was poor and this is a basic skill, get it sorted out
Hirsty's Shinpads
To be honest i will be glad when JJ,O Grady and Lowe are fully fit.Its shocking to say that in 90mins we did not manage ONE SHOT ON GOAL. Is it our religion to say we must only score from set peices.As for Reyonlds and JOC i just give up.As a loyal supporter you try to stay posotive and give good comments,but week in and week out we make Sunday park football mistakes.
garrymo
Very poor last night at the back, miss clearences, miss headers, clattering into each other, poor marking, rash tackles, poor positioning... As for pushing forward, well the stats don't lie, TWO chances all night! GM tactics, it taken Charlton 3 minutes to foil those. I really don't understand what game plan he was thinking? Wednesday are going to struggle all season away from home, just hope it does not start happening at S6.
NapoliOwl
most teams who go 1 down inside 3 mins away from home against a good side like charlton would go on to lose so battling back to earn a point is a big positive although charlton should have gone on to win but they started playing long balls which was food and drink to Baath and jones. I take issue with others comments about us signing cripples, Lowe has hardly missed a game in the last couple of years and his injury was just unlucky so he's hardly a cripple. if we signed wayne rooney he'd probably get injured.
sussexowl
Lots of negativity here...it wasn't a great performance but a point against a side who will be challenging for at least the playoffs is a start. GM realised the formation wasn't working and made a positive change; after that we looked much better. A few people slating Jones but I thought he had a good game considering the rest of the defence was regaularly AWOL. Reynolds looked completely out-of-sorts. I like the look of Marshall and Lines put in a shift but doesn't seem to have the creativity. Madine worked hard but the lack of supply still worries me. On the plus side JJ, CO'G, Lowe and Bennett were all missing and we will be much improved when they return. After MK Dons we have Stevenage, Yeovil and Exeter - we've got to be looking at 10 points from these.
OrlandoT1982
Megson put out a 4-5-1 formation from the start,lets not kid ourselves it was anything else.We cant play this system because you need quick wide players in the 5 to support the lone striker(Madine).Sedgewick is really slow,agree with joseph10 in that I cant understand why he is still here and Madine was very isolated and the ball just keeps coming back and putting the defence under increasing pressure.Fortunately,Megson put Lowe in there and we looked much better in 2nd half,albeit we didnt create much.We have to get Marshall on the ball more as he is quick and can get good delivery into the box.Weaver is a worry if he is going to be out for rest of season as reports suggest.Good point in the end but defending was very poor,especially in 1st half.
leons gloves
Is Bennett injured?????????????????
ollyowl70
Megson did get it wrong, but so will every manager in the country. All he can do is change it, which he did, and we ended up getting a point. Give the bloke some credit for having the balls to change it!
s5owl
No way were we a side that should be up there. No excuses now Megson you've had 4 months to prepare a side for this season and that was awful. Rob Jones was terrible, doesn't win anything for example when someone put a low cross in and all he had to do was put his foot through it yet he slides and does through his legs? There is no chances made by us, no encouragement to get it down and get some crosses in, to get past a defender. Playing people put of position such as Lines out wide as it's unfair on him because he doesn't play there. It showed how clueless he was as I could of told you the match would have started off like that with the formation he played. Then decides to get rid of Beevers to a better side than us and also give Coke to a side who put played us? And on the evidence of that match Michael Morrison is a quality Ayer, Megsons arrogance overlooked a quality player in favour of appearance eg R Johnson and R Jones as they are tall and muscly because that's all he looks for. Joke of a match, well done Clint
SheffWed93
Its good that Megson changed it but I don't see why people are saying give him credit, that's what your supposed to do as Manager! If I get something wrong in work I don't credit, I usually get asked why the hell I did it that way in the first place!! Still, happy with a point and if we can hold our own against the "big" teams and continue to take points of the smaller ones and have a good home record, I think we'll be there or thereabouts come the end of the season? Playoffs though, not championship/automatic!
Owls That!
Sheffwed93 Agree with everything you say. Rob jones is the worst player at the club. Alright he wins headers his distribution is awful. I think it says a lot about Megson when he let Morrison go and signed Jones. How can he pick Jones over Beevers and let him go to a promotion rival? We dont even try to play football anymore. It says something when our most dangerous looking player was Buxton. I thought Reynolds did ok defensively it was just his final ball that let him down when he pushed on.But then he is a centre back.
halifaxowl
We were very lucky but I'll take the point. Thought we were gonna get shafted after the Charlton goal. Better second half, but still no where near good enough. We looked negative, unlikely to score and weak on the ball, no real creativity or attack from midfield. Buxton had good game but Madine looked poor. Granted there wasn't much service so hard to judge. Now we are getting the odd injury and with internationals etc, it shows how small the squad is. It's very early days and I remain hopeful but we will need to improve ten fold to be in amongst the promotion battle. I think it will most likely be playoffs rather than automatic but hey I'll take that. We missed out on some crutial signigs during the window so lets just hope it doesn't come back to haunt us. WTID UTO.
Owlsmad
But how many times can we rely on being lucky?? I've never been to so many games where we've salvaged a point or scraped a win because we got 'lucky'. If it comes down to set pieces and luck, we just might secure mid-table come the end of the season. But if that justifies giving Megson another 30 games on top of the 30 he's already had, I'm almost ashamed to be a Wednesdayite.
Megson_Out
 

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